Macheso Cancels SA Tour Over Xenophobia

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Sungura Giant Alick Macheso has cancelled his tour of South Africa in solidarity with the victim of the rabid xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

The star performer was billed to perform in Jo’burg,  next weekend but he has had to cancel the show following the spates of violence rocking South Africa.

Macheso publicly announced this on Friday last week at Big Apple Nite Club where he shred the stage with his mentor Madzibaba Nicholas Zakaria.

“I have cancelled the South African tour following the disturbances, which have rocked the country. Of course I was paid my dues but I can’t afford to go and perform there when some of my fans are dispersed, mourning or healing their wounds,” said Macheso.

Alick Macheso

Macheso said South Africa has always been a second home but this time he could not take the risk. “I would have loved to go there but as it stands, I can’t afford to put the lives of my fellow Zimbabweans at risk.

“Once the ring leaders of these attacks hear that we are gathered, they will immediately come and attack us. After some consultations, I have realised its better that I cancel the show and I will only go there when the situation has returned to normalcy.

“Human life is special and we can’t afford to take the risk,” he added.

Madzibaba Zakaria weighed in saying South Africans need help.

“South Africans must realise that we need each other in life, hence there is no need to fight each other. If you take a closer look, at powerful countries like  England and America, you will realise that there are so many foreigners including South Africans but no one has been persecuted as is the case across the Limpopo.

“The King who incited people to behave that way must be incarcerated and tried for his conduct. I think leaders must be ambassadors of peace rather than instigators of violence as is the case with this Zulu King,” he said.

Macheso and Madzibaba have been holding a series of shows together and a lot is expected from the duo as the pair has lined up a series of countrywide tours.